How to do Roman Numerals on Google Docs with Page Numbers

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Roman numerals are a number system that was used in ancient Rome and is still used today for specialized purposes like numbering pages in the front matter of books. Google Docs makes it easy to add Roman numerals for page numbers or other uses in your documents. Here is a step-by-step guide.

Add Roman Numerals in Text

To add a Roman numeral in the text of your Google Doc:

  1. Place your cursor where you want the Roman numeral to appear
  2. Click Insert > Special characters in the menu bar
  3. Type “roman” in the search box and press Enter
  4. Select the Roman numeral you want to insert

For example, to insert the number 5 as a Roman numeral, select the V character.

You can insert Roman numerals anywhere in the text of your Google Doc this way.

Enable Automatic Roman Numeral Page Numbers

To add automatic Roman numeral page numbers:

  1. Click Insert > Page numbers
  2. Select the Page numbers option
  3. Choose where you want the page number to appear (header or footer)
  4. Click Apply

Unfortunately, Google Docs does not natively support Roman numerals for automatic page numbering. However, there is a workaround:

  1. Insert a Section Break at the end of your front matter section requiring Roman numerals
  2. Manually insert a Roman numeral in the footer where you want the page number to appear
  3. Uncheck the Link to previous option for that page’s footer
  4. Manually insert the next Roman numeral on the next page, unchecking Link to previous again
  5. Repeat for all Roman numeral pages
  6. Insert another Section Break after the Roman numeral pages
  7. Turn on automatic numeric page numbering after the section break by clicking Insert > Page numbers and choosing the options

This will effectively give you Roman numeral page numbering in the front matter and automatic numeric page numbering in the body of your document.

Create Roman Numeral Lists

You can also create numbered lists using Roman numerals in Google Docs:

  1. Place your cursor where you want the list to begin
  2. Click the Numbered list icon in the toolbar
  3. Select the Roman numerals option in the dropdown menu
  4. Press Enter to create a new numbered item in the list
  5. Repeat step 4 to add more list items

Use this method to create outlines, step-by-step instructions, and other Roman numeral lists in your documents.

Keyboard Shortcuts

There are a few handy keyboard shortcuts that can help speed up working with Roman numerals in Google Docs:

  • Ctrl+Shift+7 – Insert a Roman numeral 7 (VII)
  • Ctrl+= – Insert a Roman numeral 10 (X)
  • Ctrl+Shift+= – Insert a Roman numeral 100 (C)

Use these shortcuts to quickly insert common Roman numerals instead of having to open the Special Characters menu each time.

Roman Numerals Style and Usage Tips

When using Roman numerals in your documents, keep these style and usage tips in mind:

  • Only use Roman numerals for page numbers in front matter sections like the table of contents, preface, etc. Use standard Arabic numerals for page numbers in the main body.
  • Be consistent with capitalization – generally Roman numerals are capitalized for page numbers and headings but lower case for outline numerals
  • Only use Roman numerals for ordered lists when outlining topics or steps – not as a styling choice for unordered bullet points
  • Make sure Roman numerals are in an easy-to-read font and large enough size for legibility

Following these best practices will improve the polish and readability of documents using Roman numerals.


Adding and working with Roman numerals in Google Docs is simple once you know a few tips and tricks. By using the Special Characters menu, Section Breaks, and keyboard shortcuts, you can insert Roman numerals for page numbers, lists, and text with ease. Just be sure to follow the proper stylistic conventions for using Roman numerals.

The ability to seamlessly mix Roman numerals and regular numbers is handy for creating book manuscripts, research papers, outlines, and other documents right within Google Docs.

So next time you need to add some old-school Roman numeral flair to your Doc, use this guide to do it with confidence!

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